GUNTUR:The mortuary in Government General Hospital (GGH), Guntur, is now full with the bodies of Covid-19 victims as relatives fail to turn up to claim them fearing novel coronavirus infection. According to sources, the mortuary has 46 bodies while its capacity is only for 30.
Sources said GGH authorities could not release a few bodies due to delay in Covid-19 test results. B Rajasekhar, Covid-19 special officer, visited GGH on Friday and directed officials to take immediate measures to dispose of the bodies from the mortuary.
The mortuary staff are unable to dump bodies in the cold storage chambers since they fear risk of infection if they go inside the mortuary.
Sources said the situation had worsened as in many cases, family members of the deceased Covid-19 patients were not coming forward to collect the bodies. Family members are not taking calls on their cell phones and not willing to visit the hospital due to the fear of getting infected with Covid-19. There were instances when families urged the authorities to perform the final rites by themselves. Sources said the GGH superintendent had taken the issue to notice of district collector with a request to take measures to dispose of the bodies.
The collector had constituted a committee headed by revenue divisional officer (RDO) Bhaskara Reddy to take a final call on conducting final rites of Covid-19 victims. The committee is empowered to take consent of the family of the deceased for conducting the final rites as per their religious traditions. However, the panel never met since its formation to discuss the issue of disposal of the bodies, said the sources. Citing work pressure, officials refused to perform final rites.

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